MINSK, 31 March (BelTA) – Belarus' healthcare sector will soon undergo a drastic overhaul, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he delivered his annual Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly on 31 March, BelTA has learned.
“In the near future, we plan to dramatically shake up the healthcare sector of Belarus,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko. “I know that some officials at the Healthcare Ministry, heads of healthcare facilities and other officials know how to please their bosses. But I am going to sort things out there. If some healthcare officials are sick and cannot recover, we will treat them, but out of office. Therefore, think about it, you need to be on the move,” the head of state said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko discussed in detail the state of healthcare facilities in the regions. “They should be the first to be checked. The majority of our people live there, we should treat them properly if we want equality, justice and if we want to be considered a welfare state,” he said.
The Belarusian leader emphasized that domestic medicine can do a lot. “I'm not even talking about organ transplantation, prosthetics. In want to mention a DNA vaccine to treat brain tumors and lymphoma in children. More than 20 children are already undergoing this therapy and have a chance to recover. Together with Russians we have developed and are successfully using spinal systems for surgical correction of severe spinal deformities and injuries,” he noted.
The head of state noted that these and other solutions should be put into practice and used as broadly as possible. “Both in big cities and in district capitals. All healthcare facilities of the country should epitomize comfort and sterility,” he stressed. “The governors and the minister should keep this matter under close control,” he said.
The president named another important task for the healthcare sector: efficient work on early detection of risk factors for diseases and their prevention. “Everyone should undergo a mandatory medical check-up. This is the responsibility of not only doctors, but also each of us. Special focus will be on our little patients. It is necessary to create the most comfortable conditions for them,” he said.